Jakarta, TOPNews Indonesia –
Climate change often associated with social, economic and even political activities. However, have you ever thought that climate change can also increase risk diabetes?
Internal medicine specialist Rudy Kurniawan said that many studies mention the link between climate change and diabetes risk.
Climate change (climate change) caused either directly or indirectly by human activities. Urbanization, conversion of forest land to plantation or housing areas, and the use of unfriendly fuels are one of the many causes of climate change.
As a result, there was an increase in greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere. The thickening of the atmospheric layer causes global warming which will then have an impact on changes in harvest times. If the harvest period changes so that food stability is disturbed, people tend to choose instant food which is usually less healthy.
“So this is indirectly (indirect), climate change disrupts food stability. In some areas, this climate greatly influences the time of harvest or the time of production of food sources. When it changes, people tend to choose instant food, “said Rudy in a webinar with Sobat Diabet, Tuesday (6/4).
Though usually instant food contains too much sugar, salt and fat. These three substances are certainly not healthy when consumed continuously.
Rudy also explained indirectly that climate change would reduce the resources needed to make medical devices. Especially medical devices for checking blood sugar, and making insulin which is very necessary for diabetes patients.
“Because the ecosystem is disrupted, the resources to make medical devices, such as for the supply of blood sugar and insulin, are also disrupted,” he said.
As reported TOPNews, in a journal published by BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, explained that when there was an increase in the earth’s temperature in the United States in 1996-2009 the prevalence of diabetes sufferers also increased.
A 1 degree Celsius increase in ambient temperature could lead to 100,000 new diabetes cases in the US during that time.
However, this study only reveals a link between climate and diabetes. Further observations are needed to find the cause and effect of climate change on the increase in diabetes cases.
Rudy also said that climate change can interfere with the performance of the pancreas and increase neuropathy disorders.
This statement is supported by a study released by the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health in 2020. The study says diabetes and climate change are linked. Extreme weather events and increased temperature can increase morbidity and mortality in diabetic patients.
People living with diabetes are more prone to dehydration and heart problems during the summer. So that extreme hot weather can affect the health conditions of diabetics.
Climate change is also thought to change the composition of fat in the body. Hot weather is said to reduce brown fat which serves to stimulate insulin sensitivity.
However, there are no in-depth studies that explain the causal effects of climate change on the human body.
“But there are no details on why climate change can affect body composition. This is still in the research stage,” he said.
(mel / agn)